I'm thankful for the monster lake-effect snowfall that's blanketed the Great Lakes region of North America.
I'm thankful that I have a big sled to handle the big snow.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.continue reading ...
Today (Nov. 14), would have been C.J. Ramstad's 69th birthday, had he not died in a tragic automobile crash with his son, J.J., in May 2007.
He was (and probably always will be) my favorite writer. One reason why was his great Pops Quiz column in Snowmobile Magazine during early to mid-1980s. As a gift to yourself on C.J.'s birthday, please read this gem from 1984.continue reading ...
I don't want to know why, rather I'd prefer to know what it drives like.
I'm referring to this honey of a Yugo that's powered by a 900cc Suzuki triple straight out of an Arctic Cat Thundercat. Someone just paid $2,025 for it on eBay.
Click to learn a wee bit more.
(And if you've driven this baby, please give us a report!)continue reading ...
I'm thankful for the Minnesota deer hunting opener.
I'm thankful my Quadski can transport me over the river and through the woods.
I'm thankful that, in the event my hunt is unsuccessful, I can buy a little more photoshopping for this image.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.continue reading ...
Recently, the core of Team Arctic's legendary Sno Pro team reuinited for the first time in more than three decades.
Larry Coltom, Dave Thompson, Bob Elsner, Jim Dimmerman, Roger Skime, Bill Ness and Bill Decker gathered to remember their past and reveal the present.
In this heartfelt, personal account of that weekend, Dimmerman takes us there and shares what it meant to him personally.continue reading ...
It’s November 1993.
While race-prepping the ZR 440 that he sponsored for me to contest the 1994 ISOC cross-country race season, Brian Nelson adds an accessory that will forever change my snowmobile experience and set a template for every snowmobile that I’ve owned since then.
It isn’t some game-changing clutch secret or revolutionary suspension set-up. Nope, far less tantalizing or exotic...(MORE)continue reading ...
(The thoughtful feedback and comments I get from you guys is one of my favorite things about this website. Beginning this week I'm going to post semi-regular questions that swirl around in my brain, with hopes that you might share your answer.)
That was how many minutes until the first cross-country race of the season, from the moment that my son Calvin asked the question recently.
He was sort-of joking when he asked the question, but he was dead-serious about his anticipation of going and competing there. He was making plans... (MORE)continue reading ...
I'm thankful for the sheer thrill of ditch banging on my snowmobile (although I prefer groomed trails).
I'm thankful for the corner-carving excellence of this rider-forward snowmobile design.
I'm thankful I don't wear a scarf.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, October 24, 2014.continue reading ...
Team Arctic has been home to many of the all-time greatest snowmobile racers. Among the elite list of all-time greats is Bob Elsner, stalwart of the Team Arctic Sno Pro era and the 1979 World Champion.
Recently, the humble man from New London, Wis., answered a pile of questions from this lifelong fan, which was truly a dream come true.
Click to read what he has to say.
"When I pushed the throttle it sunk me deeper into the powder making me very stuck."
For his 7th grade English writing project, my son Cal describes a snowmobile ride in our backyard that occured when he was 5 years old.
In doing so, he depicts a situation that pretty much every snowmobiler can relate to.continue reading ...
I’m thankful the boys and I will be able to lay down the law with these new Arctic Cat snowmobiles.
I’m thankful each sled has got a cop motor: a 440 cubic centimeter plant. Plus a cop track, cop suspension and cop shocks.
I’m thankful for the good times that are comin’ on the Cat.
And I’m thankful it’s Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.continue reading ...
It's October, which means shorter days, cooler nights, Halloween and Open House time at Arctic Cat dealerships.
This past weekend, I and 500 or so similar-minded enthusiasts attended the Open House celebration at Country Cat in Sauk Center, Minn., where the tradition of anticipation unfolded in all its greatness.
Click to see and read a few thoughts about this event and other like them.continue reading ...
I'm thankful that after the dreadful game against the Green Bay Packers last night, the Minnesota Vikings mascot took to his snowmobile for some post-game jousting.
I'm thankful the Minnesota Vikings are going to the Super Bowl this year, albeit on a snowmobile.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.continue reading ...
A recent trip to Arctic Cat delivered the usual large number of interesting sights and conversations with my favorite people in the world.
Click to see a slice of what was happening with snowmobiles, ATVs, side-by-sides and the people who make them.continue reading ...
After tough-fought battle with lung cancer, Dick Wanderscheid peacefully finished the human race, and is now enjoying the greatest heavenly victory celebration of them all.
Dick crossed the finish line on Friday, Sept. 26, with his family at his side.
He was the patriarch of the family who operate Country Cat and that has supported the racing success of Team Arctic's four-time World Champion, P.J. Wanderscheid.
Click to read a little bit about the man, with words from P.J.continue reading ...
I'm thankful autumn breezes are blowing in would-be snowmobile buyers to look at my fleet of used sleds.
I'm thankful the tight weave on my leisure suit blocks the chill from such breezes.
I'm thankful I know what it will take to get you into this excellent used snowmobile, for just $50 down and $35 a month for two years.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.continue reading ...
With a fleet of Arctic Cats prepped by the indomitable D&D Racing crew, Dylan Roes and Jeff Marks left a nasty mark on the competition at last weekend's 2014 Ohio Snow Bash grass drags.
When the skis touched down, the team scored seven wins and one second-place finish!
Click for an enjoyable reaction time.continue reading ...